Sunday, 25 June 2017

Winter Meal

Last night was another Women's Blues Night at 44, Blades St, Lancaster (see here), so, although I sat in another room and later went out to Nygel's disco, I got some potato salad, egg mayonnaise and French bread.

I expect that shortly we will walk to Morecambe by Lancaster Canal for a brass band concert so let me briefly summarize another meal from SM Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady (New York, 2009), Chapter Fourteen, p. 419:

glazed ham;
shepherd's pie;
glistening panfried potatoes;
loaves and butter;
blueberry pie with whipped cream -

- appreciated by guests who had never before this visit tasted baked goods, sweeteners other than wild honey or dairy products. Some have difficulty adjusting to this new diet. Even more importantly, they are indoors while outside there is snow that would have killed many of their children.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I think the Southsiders Rudi rescued and befriended are the persons who had never before eaten baked goods or dairy products. I remember the difficulty some had adjusting to this more varied diet. And simply being shown how better SHELTERS such as proper houses would save many of their children would have been eye openers!


S.M. Stirling said...

The Southsiders are primitives without the huge accumulated body of knowledge and skills which -actual- primitive hunter-gatherers have. Their lives are impoverished by the lack, though presumably if they survived they'd gradually accumulate it. Luckily they get a 'jump-start'.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Dear Mr. Stirling,

Yes, I noticed how PRIMITIVE the Southsiders were. And how, at the time Rudi Mackenzie rescued them, they were being HUNTED by more advanced and ruthless savages. Which reminded me of how you pointed out that the Old and New Stone ages and before were times of CONSTANT low level violence by small groups against other small groups.